I was really wanting a tablet was my grad school class. I had bought my textbook from the Amazon eTextbook store, but didn't have the money to throw at an iPad or large Android device. I also wasn't sure if I really needed all the function of an iPad either. I was not crazy about the idea of getting a lower end Google Android tablet, as I had negative experiences with those in the past. Thats what got me looking at the Kindle Tablets. I was still a bit concerned about locking myself into the Amazon Appstore. I wanted to make sure that whatever I got, it would be something I could use for years, and be happy about it.So here is the breakdown:Screen: The screen is absolutely stunning. Text and video is crystal clear, and the ui looks great with the high res screen. The only caveat is that the edges are slightly discolored when reading on a white background. Hardly a big deal, but it is there.Performance: The processor is wicked fast, and never seems to let on that it is working hard. Having the beefed up processor and ram have really made this a smooth experience.Battery: Very good battery life, I can usually use it off and on for a day or so. If I just use it for reading, it lasts for a much longer timespan.Software: The new Fire OS 3.1 is surprising good. The UI is attractive, and I had no delays in switching between apps. It also seems like the memory management is much better than previous versions. I have check after I exited out of an application, I don't see it running in the â€œrunning applicationsâ€ list.The builtin apps are very useful and seem to work seamlessly together. Features like Xray for music/video, and Immersion Reading work flawlessly. The new Silk web browser is really fast and can browse mobile versions of Facebook very well.The software library in the Amazon App Store is surprisingly good. Many video apps that had mixed compatibility with other Android devices had Kindle tablet versions that work perfectly. The worst thing I can say is that the AppStore itself doesn't promote the really good Apps all that well. I was able to find many Apps that I didn't expect to find, simply by knowing the App name and searching for it.The MayDay support is also very useful. You should never feel frustrated by a problem with this device. Just hit the Mayday button ;Storage: The base model that I have seems to have ample space. Granted I use the cloud for everything that I can. I have lots of apps, books, magazines, audiobooks installed, and still have 4 gigs to spare.Durabilty: The tablet feels solid, and with the origami case it is well protected.Design: I really think that the buttons are well placed, and overall it is very comfortable to watch a video, play a game, or read a book. If you get the Origami case it is even more convenient as it can stand up on its own. The speakers are really loud and the dolby experience sounds great in all the apps.If you just need a powerful, functional, and enjoyable tablet to work and play on then this is your tablet. If you want to replace your laptop with a tablet, then perhaps shelling out a few hundred more for an iPad maybe a better bet.